In the wake of the tragic earthquake in Nepal, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVolcs) reported that the 100-kilometer long West Valley Fault system, which passes through various cities and provinces, including Bulacan, Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna, could also trigger a 7.2-magnitude quake.
In response to this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is urging the public to actively participate in the metro-wide earthquake drill that would involve the playing of different quake-related scenarios for the first five minutes of the hour-long drill.
Set for one hour today beginning 10:30 a.m., the “shake drill” will be a multi-sector cooperation from schools, business, government agencies, and religious organizations. Retail giant SM Supermalls is one of the private companies who took the initiative to also join the drill.
Today’s earthquake drill will see Metro Manila divided into the north, south, west and east quadrants as planned under “Oplan Metro Yakal”—the MMDA’s earthquake response plan.
The North Sector will have the Hospital Medical Triage and Relief scenario which will be participated by SM City North Edsa, The Podium, SM City Valenzuela, SM City Farview, SM City Novaliches, SM City Sta. Mesa, SM Nagtahan, and SMDC Residences Meza, Sun and Light Residences. SM Megamall will have the collapse structure and triage scenario.
For the East Sector, there will be a Collapsed Structure scenario and will be participated by SM City Marikina and and SM Supercenter Pasig, while on the West Sector, there will be a Massive fire scenario and this will be participated by SM City Manila, and SM City San Lazaro.
Debris Cleaning will be the scenario on the South Sector. This will be participated by SM Mall of Asia, SM By the Bay, SM Aura Premier, SM South Mall, SM City Las Pinas, SM City Sucat, SM City Bicutan, SM City BF Paranaque, SM City Muntinlupa, SM Corporate Office, MAAX and Jazz Residences.
As an added effort, SM also shares some safety tips for commercial establishments during an earthquake.
• When entering a mall be observant, look above and around you.
• Watch out for anything that might fall, break or collapse.
• Be aware of the evacuation plan including the location of emergency exits and open areas
When a strong Earthquake occurs:
• Immediately drop to the ground or floor where you are—before the shaking knocks you down.
• Take cover by protecting your head and neck with your arms, shield your head with whatever you are carrying.
• Hold on to something sturdy like table or chair and prevent these objects from crushing you.
• Move slowly and determine a place to stay away from falling objects, electric lines and other materials.
• Stay of the way of the crowd to avoid pushing and trampling.
• When the shaking stops, calmly, move to a safer area, following the earthquake evacuation and response plan.
• In case someone you know is missing or injured, immediately report the incident to the security personnel of the manager of the establishment. For emergencies, call these hotlines: 136 (MMDA Metro Call); 143 (Red Cross Philippines); 117 (Philippine National Police); 913-2786 or 421-1918 (Office of Civil Defense); 416-8686 (Northern Luzon Command); 000-0000 (Southern Command); and 426-0219, 426-8312 or 426-0246 (Bureau of Fire Protection).